Getting nervous?

CLEMSON - The butterflies are flying around in your stomach as your palms get sweaty as your heart races 100 miles per hour.

The thought of hearing and seeing 80,000 screaming Clemson fans in Death Valley could be nerve racking to anyone with a pulse when you think about it.

Well, just about anyone.

Rarely will Chris Chancellor find himself getting nervous in the days heading up to game day.

It must be reassuring to coaches when a corner like Chancellor has got that kind of confidence heading into Saturday's season opener against Middle Tennessee.

"I don't get nervous, not at all," he said earlier this week. "I'm ready to get out there and show everybody Clemson football is for real."

Though his partner on the opposite corner has no lack in confidence in his own abilities, Crezdon Butler said he's been nervous before games at Clemson since his freshman year. But it's a different kind of feeling three years later.

"As a veteran, you can't be as nervous as you were your freshman year, which came when you were preparing for the game," he said. "You're always going to be nervous."

Fellow senior Thomas Austin found himself starting to think about Saturday's game against Middle Tennessee shortly after last Saturday's Beanie Bowl. The nerves every week tend to kick up once the preparation for the following week's game begins.

"Leading up to the first game you really start kind of playing everything over in your mind," he said.

Kyle Parker wasn't all that nervous four days before playing in his first college football game. With two years of baseball under his belt, he's experienced pressure at the collegiate level. One to keep a laid back attitude before a game, he'll be more ready to take the field than anything.

"Probably before the game I'll be more anxious than anything," he said.

Billy Napier has seen both sides, as a quarterback at Furman and now as Clemson's offensive coordinator. His anxious feelings and nerves, he said, are a lot different now as a coach. A comfort he had as a player: knowing he was in control of the situation. His though process then, "I'm going to go out there and get it done."

As he's reminded each Saturday now, it's all out of the coach's control when the players line up and whistle is blown.

"That is kind of hands off. It is like, ‘OK guys. We're going to cut you loose and go play.' That's where the nervousness comes from," Napier said. Top Stories